Forget Botox, try acupuncture!
(New York-WABC, February 21, 2006) (WABC) -- The East meets the West in one of the newest ways women can help turn back the hands of time.
Forget about Botox -- some say acupuncture is the way to go if you want to get rid of those lines and wrinkles.
Eyewitness News Reporter Michelle Charlesworth explains how it works.
Eva Litka is a married mother of two, looking to regain a more youthful appearance.
Eva: "I'm approaching that age where muscles in my face don't work as well as they used to ... some sagging in spots, some lines that don't disappear."
But botox or plastic surgery are not for her. Instead, she's trying eastern medicine.
Ping Zhang is the fourth generation in her family to practice traditional Chinese medicine. Her specialty: the fight against signs of aging. She's even written a book about it.
Zhang: "We're healing the body and the healing power is going to face to rejuvenate the face. ... This treatment does not fight wrinkles per se. However, it is supporting the underlying condition of the body."
By first treating the body, she says, you can treat the face. First Ping diagnoses her saying Eva's digestive system is the problem. So Ping applies needles to points linked to her digestion.
The pricks are painless Eva says. She relaxes while the needles go to work. Ping says they hit energy points, releasing blood into the face.
Zhang: "We are activating the energy system that ends energy to the face."
25 minutes later, the needles come off, followed by an herbal mask.
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